The power of PC's seems to go up with each release of a book in my games. UC,UPG,UM,UCG ect..the number of options and bonus's to the power of the pc's goes up and up while the monsters mostly stay the same.
Sure if I want to take a adventure path and update all the monsters and pc's with options from those books things might level back out but that's defeating the reason I love adventure paths(save time).
I have Clerics casting fireballs left and right,Wizards with whatever type of energy needed for a encounter on tap,Fighters with sky high AC's and barbarians with AC in the single digits but ungodly DR making high level casters look like low damage dealers.Even the monks are flitting about the battlefield seemingly untouchable.
I know,I know,it can be pointed out that I can limit the books used but we did pay cash for these books,I'd like to use em.
We can talk long into the night about min/maxers and how to discourage them but frankly the game itself seems to encourage such behavior.
What I would like to do instead is talk about CR. Perhaps one way of dealing with this issue is raising the APL of the party based on the added power of the characters now.
Perhaps that way lies madness.I can't decide.
Is the average party now equal to a APL party at release +2?
Would doing so mess with the game too much?
What can we do to balance things out without simply limiting the players or the books we bought?
Does anything even need to be done?
Tell me what ya think!